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When you want to imaging objects in the Universe, usually you start with the planets and the Moon since you can use short esposition times and therefore you don't need very large, stable and expensive mounts or other photographic accessories such as guiding systems. Lunar and planetary photography is much easier for beginners and it requires a specially designed camera, preferably color (since you can get great color details of the planets). The QHY5L-II color has all the features needed for this application: sensor with 1280 x 960 resolution and low noise, small pixel size (in order to obtain images with high resolution), possibility to record videos with high number of fps (images per second - up to 30 fps at full resolution and 106 fps at a resolution of 640 x 480) and a capture software specially designed for astrophotography. In this way you can capture brilliant videos and images of the planets and the Moon.
Technical comment by Filippo: "For beginners in astrophotography, the QHY5L-II color camera is an ideal choice. In a compactand lightweight body there's all you need to shot great images of planets and the Moon. It's easy to use and the presence of a ST4 integrated autoguide port allows to use it as an autoguider. The maximum for such a low price."
The USB cable is plugged into the rear port of the camera and the other end is inserted into the control computer. In the image on the left shows how to connect it to the Eagle control unit. This, being directly installed on the telescope , and then on the mount, has among various advantages the ability to prevent the cables accidentally disconnect since they move with the mount itself.
The ST4 cable is plugged into the rear guider port on the camera and into the ST4 guide port of the mount on which you use the camera (in the image an EQ6 SynScan). In this way, the camera sends the correction signal directly to the mount and it will not need other external interfaces to set up your system.
- QHY5L-II camera
- USB cable for PC connection (length 180cm)
- ST4 guide cable (length 150cm)
- Parfocal ring
- C-31,8mm nose
QHY5L-II camera comes with all accessories to use it.
|Type:||Camera CMOS non raffreddata|
|Resolution||1280 x 960|
|Sensor dimensions (mm)||4,8 x 3,6|
|Sensor diagonal (mm)||6.0|
|Pixels dimensions (µm)||3,75|
|A/D converter||8 bit|
|Readout Noise (e-)||4 e|
|ST4 integrated autoguide port||Yes|
|Telescope interface||Portaoculari 31,8mm|
|Connection to PC||USB 2.0|
|Weight (gr.)||52 gr.|